Dear FPC Family and Friends,
As our Bicentennial draws near, we invite you to do the following:
REFLECT on the legacies we enjoy as gifts from previous generations of our congregation. One of the greatest of these gifts is the building in which we worship, a historic landmark in Clarksville (and on the National Register of Historic Places). Its high vaulted ceiling, its beautiful stained-glass windows, and its fine craftsmanship inspire us week in and week out to direct our attention to the majesty of our Creator. Another of these gifts is a tradition of sacrificial service to the least of these in our community, especially through our Service Committee and Loaves and Fishes.
REJOICE with family as we celebrate this milestone birthday and homecoming for our congregation. Members are hard at work preparing for this celebration, writing our history, creating pieces of celebratory art, and scheduling a great big homecoming party!
RENEW your commitment as we build on the foundation that has been laid for us. Throughout the decades (and centuries!) our congregation has periodically raised money for purposes beyond the immediate needs of our annual programs, especially to build for the future. In the 1990s we raised $2,000,000 to renovate the sanctuary and fellowship hall and to build the Activities and Outreach Center. We followed this up with a campaign of $600,000 in the early 2000s to purchase the pipe organ, build a cabin at NaCoMe, and contribute to the Salvation Army to build a new facility. Now our Session has approved a Bicentennial Capital Campaign with a goal of raising $1,500,000 over the next three years to rejuvenate our church in preparation for a year-long celebration in 2022. Major components of the campaign will include renovating the AOC to focus on ministry to children, youth, and young adults; replacing the aging HVAC in our educational building; and expanding and relocating the ministry of Loaves and Fishes. By committing to this sacrificial giving, we will also free up significant annual budget dollars and reserves to enhance our Bicentennial Celebration.
Please read the enclosed information carefully and watch for additional information in the coming weeks. Above all, save the date for our Bicentennial Campaign Gala at the Customs House Museum on Thursday, May 17, 5:30-8:00 p.m.